If you’re like me right now, all your fantasy teams are in 4-7th place, and the next three weeks are do or die. It will be an exciting run, but also stressful. These are the worst weeks to have tough lineup decisions, as you never want your losses to actually be “your fault.” Benching a guy who goes off and starting a dud in his place feels similar to losing a pet as a child. Let’s take a look at my week 11 starts and sits, and hopefully it doesn’t become “my fault.”
Blake Bortles, QB, JAX
Ideally no, but if you’re hurting at QB, Bortles could be your plug’n’cringe of the week. The Browns place surprisingly stout run defense, but have a sieve-like secondary. If they can slow down Fournette, Bortles will be forced to pass, and fantasy stats will follow.
Alex Collins, RB, BAL
No matter if Terrance West or Danny Woodhead returns this week; Collins has earned the starting spot for the Ravens. Regularly surpassing 15+ rushes a game, Collins should find plenty of volume in a low scoring slugfest in Lambeau.
Orleans Darkwa, RB, NYG
Possibilly the lone brightspot on the Giants this year minus Evan Engram, Darkwa now owns the NY backfield. Yes, we will be playing from behind this week. But the Chiefs are very vulnerable against the run, and I like him for 80+ YFS and a TD.
DeVante Parker, WR, MIA
Little trust in this, but I do have a hunch. Parker is battling back from injury, and got some bulletin board material from his own coach today, saying Parker lacked the “edge” he showed in preseason. Most competitors want to prove naysayers wrong, and the Bucs secondary coming to town provides the perfect platform.
Alfred Morris, RB, DAL
I have Morris and plan to use him moving forward, but not this week. Tyron Smith is out again, and we all saw how the Cowboys offense looked against the Falcons. That was the Falcons. The Eagles front seven may be the best in the NFL right now, and I don’t see Morris getting more than 50-60 scoreless yards.
Marvin Jones Jr., WR, DET
Jones crushed me last week with 22 yards, and we should’ve maybe seen it coming with Kenny Golladay’s return. The rookie was starting early in the season, and definitely appeared to take targets from Jones. Jones is a hold, and maybe last week was a fluke, but I’m leaving him on my bench until his role post-Golladay is clarified.
Philip Rivers, QB, SD
Rivers is fighting to get out of the concussion protocol, and all signs point to active for Sunday. However, the Chargers haven’t been the high flying offense we’re accustomed to, and the Bills rush defense managed to put Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara in Canton last week. The Chargers should go run heavy, leaving limited opportunities for Rivers to produce.
The Vikes are a top overall unit, but turnovers and big plays have been lacking. The Rams (I can’t believe I’m saying this) are averaging over 30 pts/game. WHAT? I’m looking to stream this week in fear of a potential shootout.